Why Sydney Carnival is the Perfect Excuse to Head to Sydney for the Weekend

Image credit: Henrique Fanti.

If you ever needed an excuse for a Sydney getaway, a carnival of world class horse racing, fashion and food might be a worthwhile one.

Falling across March & April in Sydney, the Sydney Carnival features the best in racing, hospitality and celebrity shoulder-rubbing one can ask for. Encompassing two hallmark events – the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival at Rosehill Gardens and the world-renowned The Championships at Royal Randwick, the Sydney Carnival welcomes every thrill-seeker and socialite alike to enjoy the best that Sydney has to offer. Experience the unparalleled captivation of one of Australia’s most renowned sporting events and take advantage of the harbour-city surrounds for the rest of the weekend while you’re at it!


Dress up like you mean it!

Autumn Racing welcomes a more formal approach to racewear with the likes of heavier materials, cropped jackets and felt headwear. It can take more planning, but in a modern society that seldom demands formal attire, it’s a great opportunity to dress to impress.


Take advantage of the Eastern Suburbs & Western Sydney’s vibrant nightlife

Jump in a taxi after a race day at Royal Randwick and keep the party going at the likes of Mrs Sippy (lavishly A-list), The Woollahra (a classy drink in the heart of the Eastern Suburbs) or one of the many cozy pubs in Paddington. For Rosehill Gardens, check out Rydges Parramatta (to put those dancing shoes to work) or the Rosehill Bowling Club (for some live music and casual fun) and kick on with your friends for a weekend to remember.


Experience the thrill of Autumn Racing

Sydney Carnival promises Australia’s most exciting sporting event as the world’s best thoroughbreds, trainers, jockeys and racing legends converge on Sydney. With $33million in prizemoney up for grabs, you wouldn’t imagine any different! Combine that with the best in quality hospitality, DJs, live performances, thrilling off-course entertainment, and an invitation to party like you mean it and you’ve got yourself a golden ticket.


Book into hospitality packages to suit any style and budget

Catalina, China Doll and Victor Churchill arrive trackside at Royal Randwick for Little Sydney during Sydney Carnival. For a truly A-list, gourmet racing experience there’s nowhere better. For those who prefer a sit down lunch, both venues have some terrific restaurant options with panoramic racecourse views. For something more casual, look out for a pop-up marquee, lawn party or picnic options.


Spend Sunday exploring the best that the harbour city has to offer

From Harbour Bridge Climbs, coastal walks from Bondi to Bronte, drinks on Sydney Harbour at Opera Bar, a walk through the Botanical Gardens, or a ferry ride over to nearby Manly (and not necessarily in that order!), the to-do list in Sydney is endless.


Book early and take advantage of affordable flights and hotel packages

These days you can find some really affordable hotel and flight deals through travel websites. Plus, for those looking to fully immerse, the likes of AirBnB can see you living like a true Sydney-ite. Check out your calendar, get in early and be rewarded!


EXCLUSIVE Sydney Carnival Presale Offer: Golden Carnival Pass – get entry to all six days of 2017 Sydney Carnival for only $30.  Offer expires 16 March 2017 at 11:59pm.

Signup to our newsletter
Get TheRaces Newsletter
for all the latest in fashion, lifestyle & racing in Australia.
The Latest on all the Race Action & Trends